Defense gets it done in first victory of season

A victory was written in the Cards this weekend as the SVSU football team won on Saturday, defeating the Northern Michigan Wildcats, 14-7. The win puts the Cardinals at 1-4 for the season, 1-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). With the win, the team is tied with Northern Michigan for seventh in the GLIAC North division.

SVSU trailed early, as Wildcats’ quarterback Shaye Brown connected with wide receiver Marcus Tucker on a 10-yard scoring strike at the end of the first quarter. The score capped off a seven play, 80-yard drive.

Another Northern Michigan drive looked promising before Brown was intercepted for the first time of the day. Redshirt freshman Sloan Klaski jumped a route, giving the ball back to the SVSU offense.

Both defenses stayed strong until the Cardinals began putting together something at the end of the first half. After driving 65 yards on 11 plays, SVSU was forced into attempting a 35-yard field goal. The wind was too strong, and the kick was wide left. Going into the locker room at halftime, the score was 7-0 Wildcats.

The score would remain 7-0 in the Wildcats’ favor until the fourth quarter. Cards’ quarterback Keith Moore was able to hit wide receiver Bryan Fobbs on a 17-yard scoring toss. Following the extra point, the score was tied at 7-7. The score capped off a 19-play drive that went 73 yards, included two fourth-down conversions and took nearly 10 minutes off from the clock.

Moore finished the day by going 19 of 31 for 172 with a touchdown. Fobbs was the leading receiver in the game, pulling in seven balls for 89 yards and the lone offensive touchdown.

With a minute remaining in the contest, the SVSU defense stepped up in a big way. Senior defensive end Murtada Jabbie picked off a pass and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown, giving the Cardinals the lead.

One the final play of the game, the Cardinals’ defense stepped up again. Sophomore safety Matt McCoy intercepted another pass to seal the victory. The interception was the third of the game for the SVSU defense.

Senior linebacker Lawrence Brown said that the win could be what the team needs to get back on track.

“We are excited,” Brown said. “Before the game we stressed on this game being the turnaround of our season.

“We are energized and ready to go back to work.”

Next up for the Cardinals is a road game against the 4-1 Ashland University Eagles. The game will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

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